A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Supporting – Protean & Soldier

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

I was cast as one of the Proteans and a Soldier in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Naples Dinner Theatre in the Winter 1990.

Title

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Role

Supporting – Protean & Soldier

Director

Jim Fargo

Synopsis

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251โ€“183 BC), specifically PseudolusMiles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater”.

The musical’s original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical). A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the stage musical, Zero Mostel.

On Stage Pictures

All these images were taken in 1990 (before cellphones) so the quality is not the best. I cut them up and put into a 3 ring binder. They are so old, I couldn’t remove them from the binder because they would start to tear. Sorry for the poor quality. Click on below images for larger version.

Cast Offstage

Trailer

Below is the trailer for the 1966 movie adaptation starring the brilliant Zero Mostel.

Thank Yous

Thank you to Jim Fargo and Julian Fisk for giving me a year contract at the Naples Dinner Theatre. Thank you to the Cast and Crew. I look forward to working with you all again SOON!

For more examples of my acting, click here.

Author: Chris Rogers

SAG-AFTRA Actor, WordPress Presenter, Public Speaker, Coach, Emcee & Host

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